Shop owner hits out at police

THIS IS NOT ON: Netta Cooke says windows at her dress sho and dry cleaning business have been damaged several times over the years.
THIS IS NOT ON: Netta Cooke says windows at her dress sho and dry cleaning business have been damaged several times over the years.

A BUSINESSWOMAN who has suffered numerous attacks from vandals says police are not doing enough to prevent the damage.

Sirens dress shop, in Hamilton Road, Sudbury, had its front window cracked last weekend, causing £1,400 of damage.

Since opening Sirens 14 months ago, Netta Cooke, from Halstead, said the shop’s large window has been damaged twice, while her dry cleaning business in Great Eastern Road has had doors and windows vandalised several times since it opened in 1997.

She said: “Where are the police? They have never caught the offenders.

“It is just ridiculous. We need regular patrols, or at least a better presence, because at the moment our property isn’t safe.”

Verity Pearson, from Sudbury and Great Cornard Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We understand that it can be frustrating for business owners but we can only act on the information we receive.

“We must focus our resources on areas such as the town centre where the majority of incidents are known to happen.”